The 15 best places to visit in Ukraine

 

In the north west of the country, directly west from the capital, Kiev, is a section of railway track where the trees appear to form an arched tunnel around it. Having become a favourite spot for couple's to walk, the location gained the name 'Tunnel of Love'.

15. Tunnel Of Love

 

Built in 1927 on a forested hill in the Sviati Hory National Park, meaning Holy Mountains, is the Monument to Artyom, depicting local Russian revolutionary, Soviet politician, agitator, journalist and Bolshevik leader Fyodor Andreyevich Sergeyev, better known as Comrade Artyom. Measuring 27 metres (89 ft) high this white cubist style statue was to be removed as a Communist monument, but since being listed as National Cultural Heritage of Ukraine, it has been saved from demolition.

14. Monument To Artyom

 

In the western centre of the country, directly east from the city Lviv is the Holy Dormition Pochayiv Lavra, a walled monastery complex dating back to the 16th century. With many monuments spanning different periods of history, the complex is dominated by the two towered Dormition Cathedral. Built in 1783 AD in a Baroque neoclassic style, it is a majestic sight in one of Ukraine's most beautiful monastic complexes.

 

Pictured is the Dormition Cathedral.

13. Pochayiv Lavra

 

Unveiled in 2007 after twenty six years in the making, located in the city of Sevastapol on the Crimean Peninsula is the Soldier And Sailor Memorial, a monument to the Great Patriotic War. Depicting a Soviet soldier and sailor, the monument stands a huge 40 metres (131 ft) high.

*Since annexing Crimea in 2014, the Russian Federation has administered Sevastopol as a federal city. Nevertheless, Ukraine and most of the United Nation member countries continue to regard Sevastopol as a city with special status within Ukraine.

12. Soldier And Sailor Memorial

 

Completed in 1848 AD on the coastal edge of the Crimean Mountains is the oldest and largest palace in Crimea, the historic Vorontsov Palace. Designed by the same architect behind London's Buckingham Palace it was built using several different styles around a large landscaped garden. Part of the larger Alupka Palace Park complex, the palace and the grounds are a national historic preserve and one of the most visited locations in Crimea.

*Since annexing Crimea in 2014, the Russian Federation has administered Sevastopol as a federal city. Nevertheless, Ukraine and most of the United Nation member countries continue to regard Sevastopol as a city with special status within Ukraine.

11. Vorontsov Palace

 

In the far east of the country, near to the Russian border close to the town of Kharkov is an abandoned Soviet military installation where hundreds of tanks lay gathering dust. The compound is said to be guarded, though many people have found easy access with no sign of anyone official.

10. Tank Graveyard

 

Built between 1864 and 1882 is the Residence Of Bukovinian & Dalmatian Metropolitans, an enormous architectural ensemble that covers three sides of a 100 metre courtyard, the whole complex standing within an extensive landscaped park. Considered one of the finest architectural examples of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, the entire complex has been inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

 

Pictured is the Monastery Wing with clock tower.

9. Bukovinian & Dalmatian Metropolitans

 

In the far eastern centre of the country, north from the city of Donetsk is the 406 square kilometre (157 square mile) Sviati Hory National Park, also known as the Holy Mountains National Nature Park, a protected area of ancient forest and chalk cliffs. As well as the natural landscape the park also includes over 100 archaeological sites, 73 of which are classified as national monuments, the most striking of which is the 15th century Sviatohirsk Lavra, also known as the Holy Mountains Monastery. Striking with its white walls and baby blue domes among the surrounding forest, the Orthodox Christian Monastery is perched on the steep right bank of the Seversky Donets River.

 

Pictured is the Sviatohirsk Lavra.

8. Sviati Hory National Park

 

Dating from the 14th century, in the historic town of Kamianets Podilskyi in the south west of the country close to where the Ukrainian, Romanian and Moldovan borders meet is the Kamianets Podilskyi Castle, one of the most well preserved medieval structures in Ukraine. Seven of the castles original twelve towers have remained to this day, as has the 88 metre (289 ft) long bridge that links the castle to the old town, considered a feat of medieval engineering. The castle along with the nearby old town is a national historical architectural sanctuary and considered one of the seven wonders of Ukraine.

7. Kamianets Podilskyi Castle

 

In the west of the country close to the border with Poland is the city of Lviv, the 7th largest city in the Ukraine. Considered a city of regional and historical significance it has been at the centre of many kingdoms since the 5th century, its old buildings and cobblestones streets survived the second world war mostly unscathed. The Old City of Lviv includes the High Castle, the green domed Ensemble of The Assumption Church, The Dormition Church with its 400 year old Korniakt Tower and a whole heap of other historical buildings around the market square. The entire historic centre of the city has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

6. Lviv

 

In the far west of the country just north of the border with Romania in the Carpathian Mountain range is Mount Hoverla, with a peak altitude of 2,061 metres (6,762 ft) above sea level it is the highest point in Ukraine. With a fairly steady rise from the surrounding mountains the Hoverla is a relatively easy climb from which visitors can witness panoramic views of the Carpathian Mountains.

5. Hoverla

 

Almost directly north from the capital, Kiev, close to the border with Belarus is the abandoned city of Pripyat, known around the world as Chernobyl. On the 26th April 1986 the nearby Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant was experiencing the most catastrophic nuclear disaster in history. In the years since the disaster the radiation levels have dropped far beyond what was expected, allowing visitors into the exclusion zone.

4. Pripyat

 

In the Crimean Mountains at the southern end of the Crimean Peninsula is the 1,234 metre (4,049 ft) peak of St. Peter, better known as the Ai Petri. A long trek or short cable car journey will get visitors to the top for incredible views over the surrounding towns and out across the Black Sea. Another feature of the area is the handful of rickety pedestrian suspension bridges that connect the tall isolated natural rock towers, testing the nerve of visitors that seek the greatest views in the country.

*Since annexing Crimea in 2014, the Russian Federation has administered Sevastopol as a federal city. Nevertheless, Ukraine and most of the United Nation member countries continue to regard Sevastopol as a city with special status within Ukraine.

3. Ai Petri

 

Built in 1912 at the southern end of the Crimean Peninsula on the cliffs overhanging the Black Sea is the compact and decorative Neo Gothic castle known as the Swallow's Nest, a rather diminutive structure measuring 20 metres (66 ft) long by only 10 metres (33 ft) wide. Designed in a fairy tale style more in keeping with castles in Germany, the Swallow's Nest with its balcony observation decks has become a major attraction and the symbol for the Crimean coastline.

*Since annexing Crimea in 2014, the Russian Federation has administered Sevastopol as a federal city. Nevertheless, Ukraine and most of the United Nation member countries continue to regard Sevastopol as a city with special status within Ukraine.

2. Swallow's Nest

 

In the northern centre of the country is the Ukrainian capital, Kiev, the largest and most populated city in Ukraine, and one of the oldest cities of Eastern Europe. Completely destroyed during the Mongol invasions in 1240 AD, most of the cities historical landmarks date from a later period, but for the incredible 11th Kiev Pecherska Lavra, a vast monastery of incredible historical importance. Filled with large and detailed colourful churches, Soviet styled architecture and one of the largest statues in Europe, Kiev makes for a great city break.

 

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